Response to napoleon_in_rags (Reply #18)
Fri Dec 30, 2011, 10:03 AM
ProSense (116,456 posts)
The reason Libertarianism is suddenly getting so much attention is that its the state isn't doing any of those things its supposed to do, at which point it becomes a source of weakness, not goodness. The people being drawn to it now see it as a long term solution for government the same way a gardener sees a bucket of herbicide as a long term solution for a garden: Its not the end goal, but it might get rid of the weeds so something nice can grow.
edit: BTW, the reason a right wing reform movement popped up at all is because Obama continued so many of GWB's policies, making them such a part of the Dem brand that Republicans actually started rebelling against their old policies for that reason. Dems took a compromise position that left them dirtied with some bad, bad policies. What's needed is mo' power to OWS, more house cleaning action on the left, that's what I say.
...makes no sense. In fact, those who seek to push this lunacy have been spinning their asses off to distort the President's policies. The crazy thing is that they do it from the left, and the turn around and push this idiocy!
The reason it's getting attention is because of the constantly flawed arguments of support coming from people like Stoller. They've been rationalizing this nonsense for so long they confused a lot of people. Hyping Paul as some anti-war, protector of civil liberties and ignoring his lunatic views didn't help. In fact, if Paul's racist, anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-civil rights, anti-government views hadn't come to the forefront, some of these same people would have continue hyping him.
The U.S. safety net programs are what they are, and during the economic crisis, they kicked in to help millions of people.
Crucially, of course, the report documents the vast human damage being inflicted by a weak economy. It also documents the ways in which safety-net programs have at least mitigated that damage — notably, uninsurance among children has actually fallen thanks to SCHIP and Medicaid, unemployment insurance has literally kept millions above the poverty line, and the early features of the Affordable Care Act have helped hundreds of thousands of young adults retain insurance. We’ll have a fuller read on this, with the effects of food stamps and other in-kind benefits, next month.
Yeah, they need to be stronger and income inequality desperately needs to be addressed, but why on earth would people who shoudl know better continue to hype flawed libertarian views that they know would devastate the most vulnerable Americans?
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